Mohammed Arkoun


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French intellectual who, using sophisticated hermeneutics based on contemporary Western critical methodologies, critiqued classical Islamic religious, legal, and philosophical traditions. Trained as a medievalist and wrote on topics ranging from the twelfth-century Andalusian philosopher Ibn Tufayl to orientalism. Argued in the highly influential Lectures du Coran the importance of distinguishing revelation from the written text and commentaries.

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